OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition Set to Launch in India Today

OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition Set to Launch in India Today

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Launch event to be followed by screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • OnePlus 5T Star Wars edition to be available from December 15
  • Sports a white back panel, Star Wars logo, and red Alert Slider

Announced earlier this month, the OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition, will be released at an event in Mumbai on December 14 at 7pm. OnePlus, in collaboration with the Star Wars: The Last Jedi, will showcase the smartphone at a special event at IMAX Wadala in Mumbai. After the launch event, a special screening of the movie will be held for fans that bought the tickets last week.

The OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition will go on sale on Amazon.in, OnePlusStore.in, and at various offline OnePlus experience stores in Bengaluru and Noida from December 15, the same date as the India release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Apart from a white back panel, a Star Wars logo on the back, and a red-coloured Alert Slider, there are no other cosmetic hardware changes on the OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition. The smartphone does include a Stormtrooper wallpaper that matches the deep black front of the limited edition OnePlus 5T.

Specifications of the new phone are expected to be identical to the OnePlus 5T launched in India last month. The OnePlus 5T sports a 6.01-inch Optic AMOLED full-HD+ display with a resolution of 1080×2160 pixels and an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a 2.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, coupled with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB inbuilt storage that’s not expandable.

In the camera department, the OnePlus 5T has a dual-camera setup with a 16-megapixel IMX398 sensor and a 20-megapixel Sony IMX350 sensor along with f/1.7 aperture lenses. On the front is a 16-megapixel Sony IMX371 sensor for selfies and video calls. It packs a 3300mAh non-removable battery that supports fast charging through the company’s Dash Charge technology. The OnePlus 5T was recently updated with OxygenOS 4.7.4 that brings camera and system improvements to the smartphone.

A ‘Lava Red’ variant of the OnePlus 5T was launched recently in China.

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Alexa and AWS Star as Amazon Reports Jump in Quarterly Profit

Alexa and AWS Star as Amazon Reports Jump in Quarterly Profit
Amazon reported on Thursday that profit leapt during the year-end holiday shopping season, but the tech giant saw shares sink as revenue fell shy of high expectations.

While revenue rose to $43.7 billion (roughly Rs. 2,94,481 crores) from $35.7 billion (roughly Rs. 2,40,572 crores) in a similar year-over-year comparison, Wall Street had expected Amazon to take in more cash during the key holiday shopping season.

“Amazon is usually a retailer that operates at full volume, the noise of its sales growth a clarion call in an often muted retail sector,” said GlobalData Retail analyst Anthony Riva.

“However, this quarter that volume seems to have been turned down a couple of notches.”

Amazon shares were down more than four percent to $805.40 in after-market trades that followed release of the earnings report.

Net income for the quarter was $749 million (roughly Rs. 5,047 crores), compared with $482 in the same period a year earlier, according to earnings figures.

While Amazon is known for its huge online retail operations, it is also a major provider of cloud computing, and is a rival to Netflix in streaming video. It has been ramping up efforts in artificial intelligence with its Alexa-powered speakers and partnerships with makers of connected devices.

Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos said the company is looking for growth via its “Prime” subscription service, which gives customers access to video, music and other services and free two-day shipping.

Bezos said in a statement that Prime Video was now available in some 200 countries and territories.

Its retail operations took in $26 billion in North America and $14 billion in the rest of the world.
‘Super Cloud’
Amazon Web Services and rival Microsoft Azure will be the “only two super clouds” where businesses rent storage or computing power for online operations, but that value is already built into the share price, Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry said in a note to investors.

The earnings report said the cloud unit known as Amazon Web Services saw revenue jump 47 percent in the quarter to $3.5 billion.

Echo resounding
Devices infused with Alexa artificial intelligence were top selling products at Amazon.com during the holiday season, according to the company.

Sales of Echo home virtual assistant devices, which are built with internal machine smarts, jumped nine times higher than during the same quarter a year earlier, Amazon said.

Alexa was one of the big winners at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, cropping up in TVs, cars, fridges – you name it – in what appeared to be a breakthrough moment for the smart technology.

Out to deliver
Amazon continues to invest in its core retail network. This week Amazon announced plans to strengthen its distribution muscle by building its first air freight hub – an investment of nearly $1.5 billion.

A hub for the company’s growing fleet of Prime Air cargo planes will be built at an airport in northern Kentucky, adding more than 2,000 US workers to the approximately 10,000 people it already employs at fulfillment centers in that state.

Low cost and fast delivery are a fundamental part of Amazon’s appeal to consumers, but are also its “Achilles’ heel” because speedy shipping can be most costly, said analyst Riva.

“As much as this quarter has been more subdued, Amazon remains firmly on the front foot in terms of innovation,” Riva said.

“This alone will continue to make it a retail out-performer, at least in sales terms, over the next year and beyond.”

Tags: Amazon, US, Jeff Bezos, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Prime Air, Amazon Prime, Internet, Apps

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Apple Still a Star Without Steve Jobs, but Doubts Linger

Apple Still a Star Without Steve Jobs, but Doubts Linger

Apple Still a Star Without Steve Jobs, but Doubts Linger
Five years after the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, the Silicon Valley tech giant is bigger and stronger, despite lingering doubts over its future without the visionary leader.

In financial terms, Apple has been an unstoppable juggernaut: Its profit for the 2015 fiscal year was a whopping $53 billion (roughly Rs. 3,52,647 crores) on revenues of $234 billion (roughly Rs. 15,56,974 crores) – both figures doubled since the final year of Jobs’s reign before he died of pancreatic cancer on October 5, 2011.

Apple’s market value is more than $600 billion (roughly Rs. 39,51,660 crores), below its 2015 highs but more than twice its level of 2011 and holding above Google parent Alphabet as the world’s most valuable corporation.

Still, some analysts question whether Apple – which redefined the smartphone experience with its trend-setting iPhone introduced in 2007 and created a vast ecosystem of mobile applications – is losing momentum.

“It’s really hard to keep up the innovation cycle when you have developed a successful product,” said technology analyst Jack Gold of J. Gold Associates.

“With each successful generation (of a product) it becomes harder. The question becomes, ‘What’s the next big thing?’ and it’s not clear what that is going to be.”

Vivek Wadhwa, a Carnegie Mellon University professor and former Silicon Valley entrepreneur, was more blunt, saying Apple is living off its earlier innovations with little new to offer.

“We have seen no major innovations for Apple” since the Steve Jobs era, Wadhwa told AFP.

With the latest iPhone 7, Wadhwa said, “they market it well but it’s the same device all over again.”

Competing with Tesla?
Apple has moved into new services such as streaming music and mobile payments, and is believed to be working on virtual reality and autonomous driving technology. But the bulk of its revenue and profits still come from the iPhone.

“They haven’t figured out what they want to deliver,” Wadhwa said.

“If they wanted an Apple car it should have been out there now to compete with Tesla.”

Jobs’s successor Tim Cook has won plaudits for his performance keeping Apple on a steady path, even though no one sees him as the same kind of leader.

“Tim Cook is an operations guy, he is great in getting the supply chain to churn out things,” said Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research.
“He knows his limitations. He knows he is not the most charismatic presenter. He knows he is not Steve Jobs.”

Still, Dawson sees Cook as broadly successful in keeping Apple on track. He noted that Apple has doubled its spending on research and development since Cook took over.

“They stick to a certain price point and a premium experience, and that hasn’t changed from Steve Jobs to Tim Cook,” Dawson said.

Apple has succeeded not by being first in a market segment but by improving and perfecting certain products.

“They weren’t the first to make an MP3 player or smartphone or tablet,” Dawson said. “Apple bides its time and when it can make a significant contribution to a category it comes in and improves the experience. That was true in the Steve Jobs era as well.”

Dawson said it is not clear if Apple would be in a different place if Jobs were alive today, with the smartphone market largely saturated and touch competition from rivals.

“People look at the iPhone and say nothing else has lived up to that, but there aren’t any other technology categories like that,” he said.

Wadhwa argued however that Cook has had chances to “reinvent” the company and has failed to do so.

“He’s basically an operations guy who is living in the past,” Wadhwa said.

Wadhwa posited that Apple, with its vast cash reserves, could buy Tesla and put its highly regarded chief Elon Musk in charge of the company.

“You need a crazy visionary leading the company,” he said.

“People have shown a lot of patience because we all love Apple. And I love Apple. So it’s not too late to save the company.”

Tags: Apple, Tim Cook, Steve Jobs, Mobiles, Tablets, Macs, iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch, Wearables

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Apple Still a Star Without Steve Jobs, but Doubts Linger

Apple Still a Star Without Steve Jobs, but Doubts Linger

Five years after the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, the Silicon Valley tech giant is bigger and stronger, despite lingering doubts over its future without the visionary leader.

In financial terms, Apple has been an unstoppable juggernaut: Its profit for the 2015 fiscal year was a whopping $53 billion (roughly Rs. 3,52,647 crores) on revenues of $234 billion (roughly Rs. 15,56,974 crores) – both figures doubled since the final year of Jobs’s reign before he died of pancreatic cancer on October 5, 2011.

Apple’s market value is more than $600 billion (roughly Rs. 39,51,660 crores), below its 2015 highs but more than twice its level of 2011 and holding above Google parent Alphabet as the world’s most valuable corporation.

Still, some analysts question whether Apple – which redefined the smartphone experience with its trend-setting iPhone introduced in 2007 and created a vast ecosystem of mobile applications – is losing momentum.

“It’s really hard to keep up the innovation cycle when you have developed a successful product,” said technology analyst Jack Gold of J. Gold Associates.

“With each successful generation (of a product) it becomes harder. The question becomes, ‘What’s the next big thing?’ and it’s not clear what that is going to be.”

Vivek Wadhwa, a Carnegie Mellon University professor and former Silicon Valley entrepreneur, was more blunt, saying Apple is living off its earlier innovations with little new to offer.

“We have seen no major innovations for Apple” since the Steve Jobs era, Wadhwa told AFP.

With the latest iPhone 7, Wadhwa said, “they market it well but it’s the same device all over again.”

Competing with Tesla?
Apple has moved into new services such as streaming music and mobile payments, and is believed to be working on virtual reality and autonomous driving technology. But the bulk of its revenue and profits still come from the iPhone.

“They haven’t figured out what they want to deliver,” Wadhwa said.

“If they wanted an Apple car it should have been out there now to compete with Tesla.”

Jobs’s successor Tim Cook has won plaudits for his performance keeping Apple on a steady path, even though no one sees him as the same kind of leader.

“Tim Cook is an operations guy, he is great in getting the supply chain to churn out things,” said Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research.

“He knows his limitations. He knows he is not the most charismatic presenter. He knows he is not Steve Jobs.”

Still, Dawson sees Cook as broadly successful in keeping Apple on track. He noted that Apple has doubled its spending on research and development since Cook took over.

“They stick to a certain price point and a premium experience, and that hasn’t changed from Steve Jobs to Tim Cook,” Dawson said.

Apple has succeeded not by being first in a market segment but by improving and perfecting certain products.

“They weren’t the first to make an MP3 player or smartphone or tablet,” Dawson said. “Apple bides its time and when it can make a significant contribution to a category it comes in and improves the experience. That was true in the Steve Jobs era as well.”

Dawson said it is not clear if Apple would be in a different place if Jobs were alive today, with the smartphone market largely saturated and touch competition from rivals.

“People look at the iPhone and say nothing else has lived up to that, but there aren’t any other technology categories like that,” he said.

Wadhwa argued however that Cook has had chances to “reinvent” the company and has failed to do so.

“He’s basically an operations guy who is living in the past,” Wadhwa said.

Wadhwa posited that Apple, with its vast cash reserves, could buy Tesla and put its highly regarded chief Elon Musk in charge of the company.

“You need a crazy visionary leading the company,” he said.

“People have shown a lot of patience because we all love Apple. And I love Apple. So it’s not too late to save the company.”

Tags: Apple, Tim Cook, Steve Jobs, Mobiles, Tablets, Macs, iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch, Wearables

 

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